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Carlos Ghosn Skipped Bail. This Man Was Left Behind.

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Every weekday morning, Greg Kelly, the former Nissan executive accused of helping Carlos Ghosn hide his compensation from the Japanese authorities, makes his way to his lawyer’s office in Tokyo to chip away at a monumental task: reviewing close to 1 billion pages of documents.

His wife, Donna Lynn Kelly, who everyone calls Dee, goes off to Japanese class.

That’s the life of the two Americans in Japan as they await Mr. Kelly’s trial, according to a person who knows Mr. Kelly and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personal matters. The timing of the trial, once set to begin in April, is now uncertain after Mr. Ghosn’s sudden flight to Lebanon two weeks ago. A pretrial hearing next Thursday may shed more light.

Mr. Kelly, whose passport was taken away when he was arrested in November 2018, is preparing to defend himself against criminal charges that, as Mr. Ghosn’s chief of staff and the man nominally in charge of Nissan’s internal auditing, he helped Mr. Ghosn conceal how much he was being paid. The prosecutors in Japan declined to comment on Mr. Kelly’s case.

Mr. Kelly says he is innocent and just wants to go home to Tennessee. At 63, he suffers from a spinal condition that has left him with weakness in his extremities and an uncertain gait that sometimes causes him to trip and fall. He has an infant grandson in Seattle he has never met.

On Jan. 8, he watched his former boss, appearing fit and pugnacious in Beirut, address a room packed with journalists. Over nearly three hours, Mr. Ghosn proclaimed his innocence in four languages. He mentioned Mr. Kelly twice.

“Greg Kelly, an honorable man, husband and father, who was brutally taken from his family,” Mr. Ghosn said. “My plight has captured headlines,” he said. “You cannot forget Greg’s ordeal.”

In Beirut, Mr. Ghosn has a pink mansion in an upscale part of town. The Kellys live in an apartment, small but clean, with a microwave but no stove. Ms. Kelly can visit family in the United States, but she spends most of her time with her husband in Tokyo, the person said. Her visa depends on her studying Japanese, so she spends several hours a day in class. If she doesn’t score high enough on the exams, she can be sent home.

While Mr. Ghosn used a corporate jet to visit homes in Brazil, Beirut, Paris and Tokyo before the 2018 arrests, Mr. Kelly led a more pedestrian life as a Nissan executive, according to two people who know him.

A lawyer, Mr. Kelly joined Nissan in 1988, enticed by a recruiter who described “an extremely interesting Japanese company in Tennessee. I think it would a good fit for you,” he recalled last year in an interview with the publication Bungei Shunju.

He and his wife raised a family — two sons — in Brentwood, Tenn., a Nashville suburb near Nissan’s North American headquarters, and Ms. Kelly worked as an accountant. While the children were young, the Kellys were members of the Church of the Good Shepherd, a local Episcopalian congregation, with Dee and their son Mike writing and directing Christmas pageants.

In 2008, their lives changed. Mr. Kelly’s job, as senior executive in Nissan’s human resources department, took him to Japan, and Ms. Kelly came with him. He became a senior vice president and then, in 2012, joined Nissan’s board — Nissan’s first American board member — while working for Mr. Ghosn, the chairman, as the company’s top legal officer.

He was considered a close associate of the chairman, a reliable vote to help Mr. Ghosn carry out his plans for an alliance of Nissan and Renault, the French automaker Mr. Ghosn also headed. But Mr. Kelly has rejected that description, pointing out that he was not on the board’s top decision-making body, the executive committee. “Considering this, why was I called Ghosn’s right-hand man?” he told Bungei Shunju.

The Kellys enjoyed Japan — “Greg and I often discussed the possibility of living in Japan part-time in our retirement,” Ms. Kelly later said — but their lives remained rooted in the United States.

In 2008, they bought a vacation house in Sanibel Island, Fla., in a neighborhood crammed with a network of canals leading to the Gulf of Mexico, according to property documents. They joined a sailing club that organized potlucks at picnic huts on the beach and luncheons at local seafood restaurants.

“You’re dealing with an all-American guy, not extravagant, no racehorses, nothing,” said the second person who knows Mr. Kelly. “Very ordinary guy, and charming, very American in the positive sense of the word.”

Mr. Kelly retired to Tennessee in 2015 but kept his board seat. In November 2018, Mr. Kelly recalled in the interview with Bungei Shunju, a senior executive urged him to attend a board meeting in Japan. Mr. Kelly, facing spinal surgery within two weeks at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said he would prefer to attend via video conference. The official insisted that he come in person, that the company would send a plane to pick him up and that he would be home within three days, in time for Thanksgiving.

Minutes after landing in Tokyo, he was arrested. He spent the next 34 days in a cell at Tokyo Detention House, sleeping on a futon on the floor.

Before he was released on bail on Christmas Day in 2018, Ms. Kelly recorded a video and distributed it news organizations, begging for her husband to be freed or at least to be allowed to consult with a Japanese doctor she had identified as one of the country’s leading experts on Mr. Kelly’s condition. He would eventually undergo surgery in Tokyo for spinal stenosis, but it did not relieve his symptoms.

In September, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission accused Mr. Kelly, along with Mr. Ghosn and Nissan, of breaking American disclosure laws. Mr. Kelly agreed to pay $100,000 and submit to a five-year ban on serving as a senior executive of a public company to settle the charges without admitting or denying guilt.

Prosecutors have barred his lawyers from putting the voluminous documents in his case online and making them searchable, which means that only Mr. Kelly’s Japanese defense team, or others who come to their Tokyo offices, can see them.

Mr. Kelly has insisted on helping to review the mountain of documents prosecutors say they will use to make their case. He spends hours each day at his lawyer’s office.

“Greg has been wrongly accused as part of a power grab by several Nissan executives,” Ms. Kelly said in the video. “The truth of this will come out.”

In the 2019 magazine interview, Mr. Kelly was defiant about his and Mr. Ghosn’s innocence, contending that Hiroto Saikawa, who was then Nissan’s chief executive, approved the compensation plans that led to the arrests. “How come Ghosn and I were suddenly arrested without one instance of being asked to explain and no discussions or meeting on the subject,” he said.

But then Mr. Kelly added, “I am very proud to have worked for this amazing company, Nissan, for over 30 years. It has been an honor.”

Liz Alderman in Paris and Makiko Inoue in Tokyo contributed reporting.

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A Forced Baptism/Sexual Assault and a Cavity Search Comprise the Worst Non-Lethal Police Conduct You’re Likely to Find – by the Same Officer

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/truthseeker6761/status/1182045977982619649]

 

If you’re in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Officer Daniel Wilkey tries to pull you over, you might just wanna keep on truckin’.

He may’ve violated a constitutional right or 12, and you don’t wanna be Lucky 13.

According to a recently-filed lawsuit, Daniel engaged in some mighty squirrelly behavior with Sandle Riley.

Here goes the allegation:

Sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. on July 6th, Daniel followed Shandle from a gas station to her friend’s house, at which point he claimed she was hiding meth.

Therefore, he gave her a full-body patdown.

That would be every area of her.

Then he demanded she “reach under her shirt and pull out her bra and shake the bra and shirt.”

This was to prove she wasn’t holding any of the ol’ Breaking Bad bounty.

Shandle had asked, by the way, for a female officer to search her. Daniel told her the law doesn’t give her that right.

I’d like to say at this point that, where I come from, the situation would already mean someone’s likely gettin’ some redneck comeuppance. And I don’t mean in court.

Moving on…

Daniel asked if she had any contraband, and Shandle admitted to a marijuana roach in her pack of cigarettes.

He called her a “piece of sh**” but eventually offered a deal.

From Fox17:

Wilkey then asked her if she was “saved” and believed in Jesus Christ. She responded that she believed in Jesus Christ, but that she was not “saved” by her own choice.

The lawsuit goes on to say Wilkey told Riley that “God was talking to him during the vehicle search, and [he] felt the Lord wanted him to baptize the plaintiff.,” and said that he felt “the spirit.”

Wilkey then told Riley to get towels inside the home for a baptism, and said he would issue her only a criminal citation for marijuana and not take her to jail, according to the lawsuit. Riley says she got the towels, and followed Wilkey in his patrol car, not saying where he was taking her. Riley says she was afraid to ignore Wilkey and not do as he commanded.

Another cop — Jacob Goforth — met up with ’em at the lake. Daniel explained that baptism isn’t “valid” without a witness.

He then stripped to his boxers and told Shandle she was welcome to ditch her duds. She chose to keep on the clothes.

#ProbablyBetter

And now, Revered Daniel does his duty:

The lawsuit says Wilkey then stripped down to his boxer shorts, and gave Riley the option to remove her clothes, which she declined. It says Wilkey then led her to waist deep, cold water, put one hand on her back and the other on her breasts, and submerged her underwater for “several moments.” At this moment, Riley says she “felt horribly violated.”

Was her bra still off?

Then, according to the lawsuit, Wilkey used one towel to dry off and let Riley dry off with the other one, while Goforth “smirked” at her as she was using it.

The citation indicates Shandle was pulled over due to tinted windows and an obstructed tag.

Shandle pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Her sentence was suspended, but she’s still on probation.

–And seeking $1,000,000 in compensatory damages, along with a cool $10 mil in punitive.

So says the suit against Hamilton County, Daniel, and Jacob.

Surely that’d be enough to get Daniel fired.

But wait — there’s more!

He’s the subject of at least one another suit, over what appears to be an insatiable need to put his fingers where they don’t belong. And I don’t mean up his nose.

Again, the alleged incident:

Daniel and Deputy Bobby Brewer pulled over Latisha Menifee on July 10th, on a false window tint violation.

Daniel told her and her passenger, James Mitchell, he could smell weed while he was following ’em.

The officers pulled Latisha out of the car and later cuffed her.

James admitted he indeed did have marijuana, and they braceleted him, too.

Daniel and Bobby then did a bit of this, as per the filing:

“Wilkey then began to grab James’ genitals. When James told Wilkey that (he) had an untreated and large hernia and that Wilkey’s actions were causing (him) pain, Brewer and Wilkey jerked James’ arms high above his back, and slammed James face-down onto the hot engine hood, causing injury….”

And, from ABC9:

The lawsuit says the deputies then beat Mitchell with “fists, knees, and feet,” and slammed him to the ground. It was then, according to the lawsuit, that they removed his pants and shoes, while continuing to beat him.

Next, the dynamic duo picked up James and bent him over the patrol car. Daniel put on gloves (never a good sign), pulled down James’s underwear, and let his fingers do the walking into a stranger’s rectum.

He “conducted an anal cavity search of James.”



The lawsuit says Menifee watched all this happen in horror, and caused her to fear that she would be treated the same way. She also says she was afraid the deputies would shoot and kill Mitchell.

They unshackled Latisha, “told her that she did not see anything,” and asked her to get outta there.

And there was this:

The lawsuit says after he was booked at the Hamilton County Jail, Mitchell was treated for several injuries. It also claims Deputy Wilkey “unlawfully seized cash” from him.

A medical examination later revealed suffered “tearing in his anus, and multiple contusions,” along with an aggravation of a hernia that eventually required surgery, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Mitchell suffered “mental anguish, fear of death or grievous bodily harm, and humiliation. It also claims Menifee had similar symptoms.

The complaint asks for $2,000,000 for both James and Latisha for compensatory damages, and $15 Big Ones in punitive.

Which all leads me to this:

Who’s doing the hiring for Hamilton County????

The lawsuit goes on to cite several examples of reported law enforcement brutality, saying that Hamilton County fostered a culture of corruption that permitted the two deputies to behave the way it claims they did.

Both lawsuits were filed on the same day.

Against the same cop.

Therefore, I reference my opening statement.

Now I ask you: If these guys have been accurately accused (and video and audio aren’t suggesting otherwise), what do you think will happen, and what do you think should?

I anxiously await.

-ALEX

 

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

The post A Forced Baptism/Sexual Assault and a Cavity Search Comprise the Worst Non-Lethal Police Conduct You’re Likely to Find – by the Same Officer appeared first on RedState.

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A Forced Baptism/Sexual Assault and a Cavity Search Comprise the Worst Non-Lethal Police Conduct You’re Likely to Find – by the Same Officer

Westlake Legal Group daniel-wilkey-bobby-brewer-SCREENSHOT-620x329 A Forced Baptism/Sexual Assault and a Cavity Search Comprise the Worst Non-Lethal Police Conduct You’re Likely to Find – by the Same Officer Uncategorized Tennessee law enforcement law jacob goforth hamilton county Front Page Stories Featured Story daniel wilkey crime Chattanooga bobby brewer Allow Media Exception

[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/truthseeker6761/status/1182045977982619649]

 

If you’re in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Officer Daniel Wilkey tries to pull you over, you might just wanna keep on truckin’.

He may’ve violated a constitutional right or 12, and you don’t wanna be Lucky 13.

According to a recently-filed lawsuit, Daniel engaged in some mighty squirrelly behavior with Sandle Riley.

Here goes the allegation:

Sometime between 10 and 11 p.m. on July 6th, Daniel followed Shandle from a gas station to her friend’s house, at which point he claimed she was hiding meth.

Therefore, he gave her a full-body patdown.

That would be every area of her.

Then he demanded she “reach under her shirt and pull out her bra and shake the bra and shirt.”

This was to prove she wasn’t holding any of the ol’ Breaking Bad bounty.

Shandle had asked, by the way, for a female officer to search her. Daniel told her the law doesn’t give her that right.

I’d like to say at this point that, where I come from, the situation would already mean someone’s likely gettin’ some redneck comeuppance. And I don’t mean in court.

Moving on…

Daniel asked if she had any contraband, and Shandle admitted to a marijuana roach in her pack of cigarettes.

He called her a “piece of sh**” but eventually offered a deal.

From Fox17:

Wilkey then asked her if she was “saved” and believed in Jesus Christ. She responded that she believed in Jesus Christ, but that she was not “saved” by her own choice.

The lawsuit goes on to say Wilkey told Riley that “God was talking to him during the vehicle search, and [he] felt the Lord wanted him to baptize the plaintiff.,” and said that he felt “the spirit.”

Wilkey then told Riley to get towels inside the home for a baptism, and said he would issue her only a criminal citation for marijuana and not take her to jail, according to the lawsuit. Riley says she got the towels, and followed Wilkey in his patrol car, not saying where he was taking her. Riley says she was afraid to ignore Wilkey and not do as he commanded.

Another cop — Jacob Goforth — met up with ’em at the lake. Daniel explained that baptism isn’t “valid” without a witness.

He then stripped to his boxers and told Shandle she was welcome to ditch her duds. She chose to keep on the clothes.

#ProbablyBetter

And now, Revered Daniel does his duty:

The lawsuit says Wilkey then stripped down to his boxer shorts, and gave Riley the option to remove her clothes, which she declined. It says Wilkey then led her to waist deep, cold water, put one hand on her back and the other on her breasts, and submerged her underwater for “several moments.” At this moment, Riley says she “felt horribly violated.”

Was her bra still off?

Then, according to the lawsuit, Wilkey used one towel to dry off and let Riley dry off with the other one, while Goforth “smirked” at her as she was using it.

The citation indicates Shandle was pulled over due to tinted windows and an obstructed tag.

Shandle pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Her sentence was suspended, but she’s still on probation.

–And seeking $1,000,000 in compensatory damages, along with a cool $10 mil in punitive.

So says the suit against Hamilton County, Daniel, and Jacob.

Surely that’d be enough to get Daniel fired.

But wait — there’s more!

He’s the subject of at least one another suit, over what appears to be an insatiable need to put his fingers where they don’t belong. And I don’t mean up his nose.

Again, the alleged incident:

Daniel and Deputy Bobby Brewer pulled over Latisha Menifee on July 10th, on a false window tint violation.

Daniel told her and her passenger, James Mitchell, he could smell weed while he was following ’em.

The officers pulled Latisha out of the car and later cuffed her.

James admitted he indeed did have marijuana, and they braceleted him, too.

Daniel and Bobby then did a bit of this, as per the filing:

“Wilkey then began to grab James’ genitals. When James told Wilkey that (he) had an untreated and large hernia and that Wilkey’s actions were causing (him) pain, Brewer and Wilkey jerked James’ arms high above his back, and slammed James face-down onto the hot engine hood, causing injury….”

And, from ABC9:

The lawsuit says the deputies then beat Mitchell with “fists, knees, and feet,” and slammed him to the ground. It was then, according to the lawsuit, that they removed his pants and shoes, while continuing to beat him.

Next, the dynamic duo picked up James and bent him over the patrol car. Daniel put on gloves (never a good sign), pulled down James’s underwear, and let his fingers do the walking into a stranger’s rectum.

He “conducted an anal cavity search of James.”



The lawsuit says Menifee watched all this happen in horror, and caused her to fear that she would be treated the same way. She also says she was afraid the deputies would shoot and kill Mitchell.

They unshackled Latisha, “told her that she did not see anything,” and asked her to get outta there.

And there was this:

The lawsuit says after he was booked at the Hamilton County Jail, Mitchell was treated for several injuries. It also claims Deputy Wilkey “unlawfully seized cash” from him.

A medical examination later revealed suffered “tearing in his anus, and multiple contusions,” along with an aggravation of a hernia that eventually required surgery, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says Mitchell suffered “mental anguish, fear of death or grievous bodily harm, and humiliation. It also claims Menifee had similar symptoms.

The complaint asks for $2,000,000 for both James and Latisha for compensatory damages, and $15 Big Ones in punitive.

Which all leads me to this:

Who’s doing the hiring for Hamilton County????

The lawsuit goes on to cite several examples of reported law enforcement brutality, saying that Hamilton County fostered a culture of corruption that permitted the two deputies to behave the way it claims they did.

Both lawsuits were filed on the same day.

Against the same cop.

Therefore, I reference my opening statement.

Now I ask you: If these guys have been accurately accused (and video and audio aren’t suggesting otherwise), what do you think will happen, and what do you think should?

I anxiously await.

-ALEX

 

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

The post A Forced Baptism/Sexual Assault and a Cavity Search Comprise the Worst Non-Lethal Police Conduct You’re Likely to Find – by the Same Officer appeared first on RedState.

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Alexander, House Dem Surprise Billing Plot Foiled

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will not privately negotiate with House Democrats to ram through his version of legislation to solve the “surprise medical billing” issue plaguing patients across the country. As we previously reported, Capitol Hill sources said Alexander had grown frustrated with his bill’s lack of momentum and was looking to hatch a plan with House Democrats to insert his controversial version of surprise medical billing legislation into the Medicare extenders package that must pass by the end of September.

But, we have learned that Senate Republican leadership has called on Alexander to stand down.

Conservatives aren’t signing on to Alexander’s Lower Health Care Cost Act because his bill would permit the federal government to set reimbursement rates for out-of-network care providers. This so-called “benchmarking” approach would necessarily reduce the amount providers can get paid. It would literally cap their compensation to the benefit of insurance companies.

As former Congressman Dick Armey writes in the Houston Chronicle:

Allowing government bureaucrats to set prices for out-of-network health care providers across the country is a total abandonment of the free-market values that have helped create such a robust health care system in which roughly 90 percent of Americans enjoy comprehensive health care coverage and benefits. This move toward increasing regulations and growing the size of the federal government is no solution — in fact, it would only create more problems than it solves.

Government rate-setting under this benchmarking approach would ignore the fact that the cost and level of difficulty for performing health care services and treatments varies greatly by region and facility. By setting artificially lower-than-market rates for these services, doctors would essentially be short-changed for the invaluable services they provide. These losses would simply be passed on to our nation’s hospitals and emergency rooms — threatening the financial stability of rural health care facilities in particular.

With Alexander’s legislation stalled, a new lobbying effort appears to be underway making the claim that physicians are attempting to protect the surprise medical billing practice. This is fake news as most physician groups are pushing to end surprise billing through an alternative approach – one they see as fairer to doctors, patients, and hospitals.

That approach would allow third-party arbitrators to settle billing disputes between providers and insurance companies without dragging patients into the middle of it. As Armey further explains:

Fortunately, there are other solutions in Congress that take a more pragmatic approach. Instead of benchmarking, legislation like S. 1531, the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, would seek to implement an Independent Dispute Resolution process in order to eliminate surprise medical billing. That’s the same process used in Major League Baseball to settle salary disputes between players and teams.

This approach incentivizes both parties to submit a fair offer for the price of medical services, which incentives them to keep prices down so their offer is chosen. This process takes about 30 days through an online portal, and the patient is left out of the process completely. Until such a time that a final payment is determined, insurers pay providers a temporary interim payment based on the fair market value of the services provided. That provides a layer of financial security that can make all the difference to rural hospitals that operate on razor-thin profit margins.

As insurance company lobbyists and politicians in both the House and Senate get increasingly desperate, expect the attack to continue. Physician groups are not responsible for surprise medical bills. No, surprise billing was created by a flawed health insurance system that offers limited options, narrow coverage networks, and high deductibles. In other words, it is another unpleasant byproduct of ObamaCare. If Congress doesn’t have the stomach to repeal ObamaCare — and it’s obvious it does not — then it should fix surprise medical billing the right way.

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“I can’t get happy”: Tennessee man sues Popeyes for … running out of new chicken sandwich

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The company put him up to this, right? It’s a perfect PR stunt to build on the already insane amount of buzz for the product. “It’s so good we might owe you damages if we can’t sell it to you.”

Next week some undercover PR flack will hold up a Popeyes at gunpoint and demand that he be provided with 50 chicken sandwiches immediately or he’ll start executing one hostage every hour on the hour.

Since we’re on the subject of Popeyes and lawsuits, let this post serve as formal notice that I intend to sue everyone for fraud once I inevitably try this thing and it’s 10 percent as good as it was cracked up to be.

Craig Barr’s suit accuses the company of false advertising, deceptive business practices and causing him to waste “countless time driving” to and from local chains to find the sandwich.

Barr, of East Ridge, also claims he was hustled out of $25 by a man who posted a Craigslist ad claiming he could get sandwiches a restaurant was hiding in the back, suffered rim and tire damage while driving from location to location, and was humiliated when his friends laughed at him.

“I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind. I can’t think straight,” he told the Times Free Press on Thursday. “It just consumes you.”…

“It’s totally deceptive. Who runs out of chicken? It’s a big fiasco. Someone has to stand up to big corporate,” said an agitated Barr. “Everyone is captivated by these sandwiches. They’ve got everyone gassed up on them.”

Godspeed in your lonely fight against Big Chicken, Mr. Barr. Legal eagles, how much might he conceivably recover from Popeyes once news of his suit spreads and suddenly everyone is laughing at him, not just his friends?

What makes the Popeyes chicken slop better than the other chicken slop out there? The Journal tried to explain in a new story about the “chicken sandwich war” that’s erupted among Popeyes, KFC, Wendy’s, and Chick-fil-A:

Chefs in its Miami test kitchen developed a new buttermilk batter. They tracked down special flour to create its crunchy texture, according to Popeyes. The same buttery topping used for biscuits was applied to its bun.

The company had barrel-cured pickles cut thicker than those in many other chicken sandwiches, Popeyes said.

Then they stirred an aggressive social-media campaign into the mix, tweeting back at posts from Chick-fil-A. The result was diners lining up for blocks at some Popeye’s restaurants.

There’s some sort of spicy spread on there too, I believe. Supposedly it took two years to perfect the recipe; while Popeyes was busy with that, KFC was busy working on, ah, meatless chicken, in case there’s any doubt who’s going to end up winning this war.

The hype, replete with videos on YouTube of people literally fighting over the sandwich in Popeyes chains, has reportedly been worth $65 million in media value to the company. Normally you don’t see outsized buzz for a mediocre product on that scale outside of a new “Star Wars” movie. Anyone who tried it before it sold out is welcome to try to convince me in the comments that it’s worth waiting on line for. I won’t believe you, but don’t let that stop you from making the effort.

Here’s my favorite moment of the craze to date. What if the sandwich is the key to racial reconciliation in America?

The post “I can’t get happy”: Tennessee man sues Popeyes for … running out of new chicken sandwich appeared first on Hot Air.

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Alexander Working with House Dems to get ‘Billing’ Measure Pegged to Medicare Package

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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is working with House Democrats to insert his controversial version of “surprise medical billing” legislation into the Medicare extenders package that must pass by the end of September, Capitol Hill sources tell RedState.

A Medicare extenders package is a bundle of small programs that require funding or updating to stabilize the program at large. They come up every year or two. Because Medicare extenders are “must-pass” legislation, some powerful politicians like to jam their bills into the package in order to avoid debate and up-or-down votes on flawed and stalled legislation.

Sources say Alexander is scheming with House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to execute the parliamentary maneuver with House Democrats to get the language of the Alexander legislation inserted into the Medicare extenders bill.

If Alexander and Pallone are successful, Conservatives in the Senate, who favor a more free-market approach to Alexander’s legislation, will be denied a clean vote on legislation to stop a practice President Donald Trump has called a “horrible injustice.”

Surprise medical billing, as David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance explains, “happens when a patient receives out-of-network care at an emergency room or hospital. The patient is later hit with the ‘surprise’ of sky-high bills for treatments and services they had assumed would be covered by insurance.”

The issue with Alexander’s Lower Health Care Costs Act is the fact that it allows the government to set reimbursement rates when insurance companies and healthcare providers have a billing or coverage dispute.

As Williams explains:

Legislation introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate would put in place a government-mandated benchmarking approach to settle payment disputes between insurers and physicians. On the surface, this may solve one problem by protecting patients from “surprise billing.” But this “solution” would merely give rise to an entirely new, and much more serious, set of problems that would seriously compromise medical care for patients nationwide.

Benchmarking would lead to government rate-setting and amount to price controls in which Washington, D.C. bureaucrats would be charged with determining and setting rates for physicians across the country. This would be a national healthcare nightmare.

Williams – and evidently a majority of Republican Senators – support a different proposal, Sen. Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) “STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act”:

Instead, Congress should work to incorporate a market-based approach into legislation that addresses surprise billing issues. Fortunately, one such approach has already been outlined in the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, S. 1531. The legislation calls for an Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) system that would empower doctors and insurers to negotiate openly, fairly, and transparently in order to resolve out-of-network payment disputes.

IDR is the only solution in Congress that has a winning track record. New York implemented a similar system back in 2015, and it has not only protected patients from “surprise billing,” but also helped increase network participation and decrease out-of-network rates and billing. All of that while keeping costs stable for care provided by emergency room doctors.

Alexander has been unwilling to negotiate with Senate Conservatives backing the IDR approach and has now turned to the Democrats to put together enough support to cram his bill in through the back door.

All parties involved should be commended for tackling the brutal practice of surprise billing. But Alexander’s bill is too friendly to insurance companies and puts the government in the driver’s seat. Alexander should sit down with Cassidy and other Conservatives to craft a plan that includes IDR.

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Rep. Mark Green Flips the Script on AOC, Suggests She Condones ICE Attack Because She Hasn’t Condemned It

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The mainstream media are hellbent on playing by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rules of engagement on all matters, and there is no better example of that than their refusal to press her into abiding by her own standards.

Such is the case with her repulsive accusations that the Republicans who haven’t explicitly denounced or otherwise condemned President Trump’s controversial tweets about The Squad from Sunday and the crowd’s “send [Rep. Ilhan Omar] back” chants during a North Carolina Trump rally this week are somehow complicit in or condoning “racism” and putting the lives of The Squad in danger.

Here are some examples of what she’s said:

Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote about AOC’s appalling double standard on #SilenceEqualsConsent earlier this week, noting that based on her standards she condoned the recent Antifa terrorist attack on the ICE facility in Washington state. The rhetoric the deceased attacker Willem Van Spronsen used in his manifesto was eerily similar to that used by Ocasio-Cortez in her vicious verbal attacks on ICE and Border Patrol agents.

I wrote a related piece on how, going by her rules, her refusal to condemn her Squad pal Rep. Ilhan Omar’s repeated instances of anti-Semitism made her complicit in advancing the rise of anti-Semitism.

Freshman Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) also noticed Ocasio-Cortez’s hypocrisy on her #SilenceEqualsConsent rule, and took to the Twitter machine Thursday night to flip the script on her:

“We sadly have no choice but to assume she condones it.” Sounds about right.

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Police Department warning: Beware the coming of “meth-gators”

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Loretto Police Department in Tennessee posted an ominous warning on Facebook. “Don’t flush your drugs” is their message. If you thought that “Deeznutz” the attack squirrel was a wild story, how about meth-gators?

You may remember Deeznutz. Alabama police say they were warned about a man feeding his pet squirrel methamphetamines to make it an attack squirrel. The story goes that the squirrel was not tested for drugs when the man was arrested and it was released. If you think a meth-fueled rodent sounds bad, there is a more troubling development. Maybe.

Tennessee police arrested a suspected drug dealer Saturday. He was in the process of flushing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia down his toilet to get rid of the evidence.

Once police entered Perry’s home, officers found him trying to flush the meth and several items of paraphernalia down his toilet. Andy Perry was arrested after police found 12 grams of meth, 24 fluid ounces of liquid meth, and several paraphernalia items inside the house.

He was charged drug possession with intent for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence

The Loretto Police Department used its Facebook page to deliver a public service announcement after the drug bust on the dangers of contaminating the local water supply with drugs. No one wants methed-up animals.

“This Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay (sic). When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth.”

“Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama. They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”

It is a light-hearted kind of warning but it appeals to common sense. Water in the sewer system ends up in retention ponds as a part of the purification process. Wildlife visits the retention ponds. You see the point. I don’t know the alligator population numbers for Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River but apparently, the police do. Hence, the tongue in cheek warning. The town is five miles from the state line with Alabama.

This was a good opportunity to remind residents of proper disposal of drugs. Loretto police asked residents to just bring in drugs, including prescription medications, to the police department and they can take care of it. Many communities, like my own, have yearly or semi-yearly collection days to help with the proper disposal of drugs. Flushed pharmaceuticals can end up in the drinking water supply.

You’ve been warned. No one wants meth-gators. Drugged up rodents are bad enough – looking at you, Deeznutz. Kudos to the Loretto police for taking a serious subject and bringing some levity to it. We can all use more humor in our lives.

You can listen to Police Chief Bobby Joe Killan in an interview talking about having fun with the story.

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UAW loses yet again in Tennessee

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Back in April, we looked at the efforts by United Auto Workers (UAW) to get their foot in the door at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was their second effort after failing in a similar effort in 2014. The union painted the company as a bunch of villains who didn’t want to allow workers to organize, but opponents of the proposal pointed out that unionization would only drive up costs and potentially wind up eliminating jobs in the long run. With politicians and celebrities weighing in on both sides, everyone expected a close vote. But now the process has ended and the result was the same. The workers voted against joining the UAW and will continue to represent themselves through an internal employee organization. (Associated Press)

Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted Friday night against forming a factory-wide union, handing a setback to the United Auto Workers’ efforts to gain a foothold among foreign auto facilities in the South.

The vote of hourly workers began Wednesday and concluded Friday. Preliminary results show 833 employees voted against representation and 776 voted for it, the German automaker said in a statement. VW said about 93% of the roughly 1,700 eligible employees voted.

“Our employees have spoken,” Frank Fischer, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said in the company statement.

The 883 to 776 result was pretty much the same margin we saw in 2014 when workers voted 712 to 626 against unionization.

I was down in Tennessee regularly during the 2014 campaign and spoke with a number of people on both sides of the debate. The story back then was pretty much the same as it is now. Union organizers from Detroit were going around the community and pushing for the workers to organize, claiming that would wind up getting better pay, more benefits, etc. And to be sure, dangling the prospect of getting more money in front of people’s faces is a powerful incentive, so they were able to sway plenty of workers over to their side.

Opposing them were the Right to Work folks who reminded everyone of how the UAW had priced themselves out of business so often in Detroit, with employers regularly either cutting back on the workforce or shutting down entirely when things got tight. All of those sky-high wages and endless pensions succeeded in making the business unprofitable, and an employer with a closed plant provides no jobs at all. The same model could eventually wind up unfolding in Chattanooga if the workers weren’t careful.

As far as painting VW as being the “villains” in this, that’s simply dishonest. From the beginning, they’ve said that they would leave the decision up to the workers. Whether they wanted to unionize or maintain an internal employee association didn’t matter. VW just wanted some sort of official representation structure they could deal with. Pretending that they’re out there trying to break up the unions is just false.

The spread changed from slightly less than 100 to slightly more than 100 over the past five years, but that can be accounted for by the somewhat larger number of workers. It appears that the battle lines haven’t moved much in half a decade and they likely won’t in the near future. For now, the VW workers can just keep on keeping on, though I’m sure the UAW will be back to try their luck again.

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WOW – You’ll Won’t Believe Luke Perry’s Final Wish for Burial. He Certainly Wasn’t a Kardashian

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From all I’ve ever heard or read, actor Luke Perry was a very nice, normal, down-to-earth guy.

In fact, as it turns out, he was very earthy — but in a not-so-normal way.

At least, that is, when it comes to his environmentally-friendly burial plans.

According to an Instagram entry by Luke’s 18-year-old daughter, Sophie, Beverly Hills 90210’s Dylan wasn’t interred by way of a casket. Rather, he was placed in a mushroom burial suit.

On Saturday, Sophie posted the following:

“In December I went to San Francisco with two of my best friends. One of them, had never never been to California, so we went to show him the Redwoods. I took this picture while we were there, because i thought, ‘damn, those mushrooms are beautiful.’ Now, mushrooms hold an entirely new meaning for me. Any explanation i give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms. All i can say is that you should all look into them at coeio.com or just by googling ‘mushroom burial suit’ . My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.”

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Fox News reports:

Perry, who was buried in the suit instead of a traditional casket, was laid to rest in Tennessee on March 11, E! News reported at the time.

The burial suit by Coeio — a “green burial company” — costs $1500 and help the deceased “return [their] body to the earth without harming the environment.”

The black-cloak Infinity Burial Suit — complete with a hood and face covering that looks like something used in fencing — can be see via this link.

The site claims the getup does the following:

  • Cleanses the body and soil of toxins that would otherwise seep into the environment
  • Delivers nutrients from body to surrounding plant roots efficiently
  • Restarts life around the body faster than normal

Jae Rhim Lee — company founder — explained her vision in a Ted Talk, which can be seen at the bottom of this article:

“The (Decompi)culture Society shares a vision of a cultural shift, from our current culture of death-denial and body preservation, to one of (decompi)culture — a radical acceptance of death and decomposition. Accepting death means that we are physical beings who are intimately connected to the environment, as the research on environmental toxins confirms. As the saying goes, we came from dust and we’ll return to dust. And once we understand that we’re connected to the environment, we see that the survival of our species depends on the survival of the planet. I believe this is the beginning of true environmental responsibility.”

And also:

“For every person who uses the Infinity Burial Suit, there will be many more who witness the choice to return to the earth and to use one’s body in a beneficial way.”

The company offers an informative video on its site.

It ain’t exactly the presumed final step for the average Hollywood star.

To me personally, the whole idea is just gross and a whole lot of other words I won’t take time to use here. But it does reaffirm something — Luke Perry was a long way from a Kardashian. He was an unassuming guy who didn’t consider himself better than anyone else.

And for that, I say, I’m glad you were a part of Hollywood, Luke.

What are your thoughts on the suit? I look forward to hearing from you in the Comments section.

-Alex

 

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